Rating in Ecuador
$ 9482

Ultimate Galapagos & Ecuadorian Cloud Forest

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min $ 9482
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Destinations: Quito, Galápagos Islands
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 9482
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Ultimate Galapagos Whales, Wildlife & Birds + Ecuador Central Highlands

The most comprehensive Galapagos wildlife tour. August & September are the best months for whale sightings and are also when thousands of the endemic waved albatross nest on Espanola Island and the giant tortoises migrate down from the highlands of Santa Cruz. This in depth tour offers multiple opportunities to encounter the full range of Galapagos wildlife and flora. Rare and endemic birds, swim with sharks, rays, turtles and tropical fish. Then travel to the Ecuadorean Highlands for more amazing birds and scenery.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.

In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.

Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.

After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.

Highlights

  • Unique 15 day cruise with marine & wildlife encounters
  • Maximum whale & dolphin sightings
  • Expert Galapagos Park Guide onboard offering guidance & briefings
  • Daily hikes, snorkelling, kayaking, excursions & panga cruises.
  • Excellent birding opportunities
  • Observe Waved Albatross on Espanola Island
  • Swim with sea lions &  giant turtles
  • Intimate, friendly atmosphere onboard
  • Time to Explore Quito and its Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Day Tour, Birding & Wildlife

What's Included

  • 14 Nights Galapagos Cruise Experience
  • 3 Nights Hotel Stay B&B in Quito (1 night pre, 2 night post Galapagos cruise)
  • Flights from Quito to Galapagos Islands Return
  • All landings, Activities, Excursions & transportation with-in the itinerary
  • Use of Kayaks & snorkelling equipment
  • Certified Galapagos National Park Service Guide
  • Visit to Charles Darwin Centre
  • All Meals onboard MY Beluga
  • Full Day Guided Tour Bellavista Cloud Forest


ITINERARY

17 Nights   18 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Arrival transfer from Quito Airport afternoon. Quito Hotel stay 1 night B&B
  • Day 2 - 15  | AM transfer to airport for flight to Galapagos for 14 night cruise
  • Day 16 | Disembarkation from cruise, flight back to Quito, transfers to hotel
  • Day 17 | Bellavista Cloud Forest
  • Day 18 | Transfer to Quito Airport for afternoon onward international flight home

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1Day

Quito - Patio Andaluz Hotel

Private transfers from Quito Airport to the Patio Andaluz Hotel located in the heart of Historic Quito old town. You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and cobbled streets of this Unesco Heritage Site.

2Day

Ferry to Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, transfer to Quito Airport for flight to Baltra. $120 National Park fee to be paid on arrival. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island and guided tour to see giant tortoises in the wild, followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Centre in Puerto Ayora.  Embark and set sail.

3Day

Floreana Island - Post Office Bay

Floreana Island. Visit Post Office Bay with its historic barrel post box – continue the tradition and leave or pick up mail yourself for posting!   Punta Cormorant and Devil’s Crown for guided walk to observe penguins and marine iguanas. Discover a green sand beach, coloured by olivine crystals, and then white sand Flour Beach. Amazing snorkelling with tropical fish, rays, sharks and turtles, plus superb birding.  

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4Day

Isabela Island - Puerto Villamil

Isabela Island. Visit the charming, Puerto Villamil and beach home to flamingos, whimbrels, gallinules, stilts and lava gulls. Call at giant tortoise breeding station and later walk to the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano with its scenic lava flows.

5Day

Isabela Island - Isabela Island

Isabela Island. Visit scenic Isabela Island  and then a panga ride in Elizabeth Bay to see penguins on the small islets. At the narrow end of the bay, sea turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water. See red, white and black mangroves, flightless cormorant,  penguins, blue-footed boobies and pelicans.

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6Day

Isabela Island

Isabela Island. Walking around Urbina Bay to see colourful land iguanas, giant tortoises, plus flora and birdlife.  Snorkelling with rays and tropical fish. Later, enter cold-water Tagus Cove where whales and dolphins are often encountered.

7Day

Fernandina Island

Morning landing on volcanic Fernandina Island. Shoreline and lava walks to observe lava herons plus varied flora - lava cactus, petunia, mangroves. Snorkelling with juvenile sea lions, spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorant, penguins. Afternoon birds and marine life panga ride and snorkelling at Punta Vicente Roca, off Isabela.
 

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8Day

Santiago Island

Santiago Island. Landing on black beach at Puerto Egas. Visit fur seal grotto. See flamingos, flycatchers, lava herons and maybe a Galapagos snake. In the afternoon, climb the volcano cone on Bartolome island for long views. Beautiful, colourful volcanic rock formations, plus birds and snorkelling. l

9 Day

Santa Cruz

Relax on board or swim in the morning. Later, on Santa Cruz, go walking near Dragon Hill to observe flamingos, finches and pintail ducks, plus land and marine iguanas.  

10Day

South Plaza

Morning visit to Santa Fe Island to see land iguanas, a pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbirds, doves, Galapagos hawks and Palo Santo trees. Afternoon on South Plaza to see rare plants including tall opuntia cactus, plus nesting red-billed tropicbirds, sealion  

11 Day

San Cristobal Island

Landing at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island - sea lions and marine iguanas plus flamingos in the nearby lagoon. Then, sail to the iconic Kicker Rock for spectacular snorkelling with sharks, turtles, rays and tropical fish. One of the highlights of the cruise. Also visit Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Interpretation Center.
 

12Day

Española Island

Visits on Española Island at Gardner Bay and Islotes Gardner and Osborn for great snorkelling. Later landing at Punta Suarez to see blowhole and rare fauna and flora, including endemic waved albatross (April-December), Hood mockingbirds, finches, boobies and hawks plus Espanola lava lizards and brightly-coloured iguanas.

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13 Day

Santa Cruz - Darwin Centre

Revisit Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz for the Darwin Centre if missed before and possible souvenir shopping. Walk through cactus forest to Tortuga Bay – finches and iguanas. Afternoon walking in the lush highlands.

14Day

Chinese Hat Island

Morning landing at eponymous Chinese Hat Island, great for snorkelling  with sealions and penguins. Beautiful volcanic landscape and white-coral sand beach.  Afternoon visit to Sullivan Bay on Santiago for beautiful lava walk – marine iguanas, Sally Lighfoot crabs and turtles.  

15Day

Genovesa Island

Genovesa Island.  Here, at Darwin Bay, walk amongst seals, nesting red-footed boobies, gulls and great frigatebirds as you traverse the shoreline amongst the lava rocks and pools. Afternoon, climb Prince Phillip’s Steps for a cliff walk amongst nesting Nazca boobies and other birds. Look out especially for short-eared owls.  

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16 Day

Quito Old Town

After breakfast we disembark with a transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito. Afternoon - arrival in Quito with transfer to The Patio Andaluz Hotel (bed & breakfast). Evening free to enjoy the World Heritage Old Town

17 Day

Bellavista Cloud Forest

Bellavista Cloud Forest. A full day guided tour. The day starts after breakfast with an early morning pick up from your hotel. 145 Minute drive take you high into Ecuador’s Cloud Forest offering over 700 hectares of private conservation reserve and located in the Mindo region. Bellavista Lodge is one of the most remarkable places in the world for colourful bird life and orchids. Hike up streams to hidden waterfalls on 10 kms of nature walks graded from easy to genuine adventure. Access to shared naturalist guides who will accompany small groups to observe 100’s of bird species particular to this region including Cock of the Rock and up to 14 species of humming bird at close range at feeders. A very exciting day. Back to Quito for a relaxing evening.

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18Day

Quito Airport

After a leisurely breakfast your private transfer to Quito Airport awaits. Check-in for your independent flights back home.

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